A Dutch Girl at USC: My first American Thanksgiving

Ever since I started my exchange semester here at USC, I have been super excited to experience a real Thanksgiving with the American branch of my family. After a sketchy Greyhound bus ride to Las Vegas — during which the bus driver and a woman started yelling at each other and security had to escort […]

Boston bombing reveals America’s character

There are times in life when we are no longer divided by a city, but united by our nation. Yesterday was one of those times. When two explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring over 100 people, Americans were stunned and in disbelief. How could this happen? […]

Should the US intervene in global human rights?

Citizens have the responsibility to intervene in other countries in order to ensure rights for all.   As many 17-year-olds in the United States enjoyed the luxury of a formal education, Sri Lankan teenager Rizana Nafeek traveled from her homeland in 2005 to Saudi Arabia to serve as a maid. Though practically just a child herself, […]

Letter to the editor: I am American

My parents, who emigrated from India, raised me to respect the myriad of cultures that make up the distinct flavor of this country. They raised me to value American opportunities. For 21 years I never doubted whether I belong. I never doubted my right to call America my home — until recently — when Andrew […]